Volunteers and co-ordinators at the Eilean Siar Foodbank last night (Tuesday December 11th) completed the mammoth collection and packing of food boxes for people at risk of going hungry at Christmas.

A total of 189 Christmas food boxes were packed at a new storage facility made available by a local business in response to the foodbank’s appeal for help last month. The boxes will now be distributed to families and individuals across Lewis and Harris, referred by one of fifteen support agencies including social services, citizens’ advice and health workers.

The year’s big seasonal collection included three days at Tesco’s store in Stornoway, where shoppers were offered a list to buy essential items and luxuries to make sure no-one in Lewis and Harris goes without at Christmas.

Adding to the collection were donations from businesses, individuals and community groups. A small army of volunteers turned out to help collect the food, sort and pack the boxes over the past week, completing the task yesterday evening.

Eilean Siar Foodbank co-ordinator Sarah Macdonald said: “We’d like to thank all those who helped and especially Tescos, the Celtic supporters club and the very many people who lent their time or popped a bit of shopping in to our donations box.

“If anyone would like to volunteer to support the Foodbank on a regular basis, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form. People are urgently needed to help every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-2pm.” 

The picture shows volunteers with the last of the groceries ready to be packed on Tuesday evening. (Eilean Siar Foodbank).